Dehradun: Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, had an alleged verbal spat with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Ganesh Joshi at the Dehradun Airport on Sunday over the death of police horse Shaktiman, who died after suffering injuries at a rally where he was allegedly thrashed by Joshi.
Vadra told news agency ANI that when he gave “a piece of my mind” to Joshi over the death of the animal, he was verbally abused by the BJP MLA.
“Just took on Shaktiman killer BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi. I saw him with his entourage at the airport at Dehradun receiving some BJP MP and I told him what I thought of him. He then came towards me screaming, shouting and threatening. But I told him that if the horse can’t speak then I will,” he said.
However, Joshi, in a statement issued late on Sunday night refuted Vadra’s claims saying that even though Priyanka Gandhi’s husband had tried to provoke him when he had gone to the airport to receive Union minister Krishna Raj by using “foul language not suitable in a public place”, he had refrained from reacting. “On seeing that I was silent, he continued to taunt me. I then told him that perhaps he wasn’t aware that the entire (Shaktiman) episode was in court and that he was not a judge to comment on it. After this, I started to come out of the airport but as I was going out, he yelled at me in a threatening tone that ‘I will see you.'”